Dogs have long been known to be man’s trusted and loving companion. Children especially love to have them as pets. However, not all dogs are suitable for children as some dog breeds can unintentionally harm them. So before giving your children the pet that they have always wanted, consider first the age of your child, your personal and home lifestyle and the general nature and temperament of the breed.
There are specific breeds that are naturally ideal for family with kids. These breeds are the intelligent ones with moderate energy level and right temperament. These breeds are the following:
- Beagle. These dogs are not too big making them very ideal for kids. They are also friendly, clever and they can also be trained well.
- Bichon Frise. This little breed is usually docile. They are not to hyper but they love to play. Kids would also love their fluffy, white hair.
- English Cocker Spaniel. Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs. They are also obedient and are gifted with agility.
- German Shepherd. This breed is very playful especially when they are around children. They are also loyal and protective but they must also be trained well.
- Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever. These breeds are both smart and great with kids. They are also known for their loyalty and enthusiasm. They just need regular training and grooming,
- Poodle. Poodles are smart, energetic and have good temperament. Parents could also choose from different size choices— toy, miniature and standard.
All those breeds have been known to be affectionate and with energy level that could keep up with each family member. Some of them are even known to baby-sit so they are indeed perfect for homes with children.
More often, parents make a common mistake of thinking that cute-looking and miniature dog breeds are good for their children. Thus, they buy these kinds of dogs without considering first their nature or temperaments. Some of these breeds are: Afghan Hound, Borzoi, Akita, Affenpinscher, Pekingese, Puli, Lhasa Apso Shih Tzu, Basenji, Yorkshire Terrier, Chow Chow, Schnauzers and Chesapeake Bay Retriever. These breeds are not recommended for young children as they are unfriendly by nature. They are also sensitive and may have the tendency to be aggressive when teased.
Giving your kids their dream dog may really be an ideal gift. Learning about the different dog breeds good for kids will not just grant them their dream pets, however, but will also show how particular you are when it comes to their welfare. So when looking for the right dog for your home, visit your local rescue group and ask about the dogs that have been in foster care. Let them recommend the dog perfect for you and your kids’ lifestyle. If you want a purebred dog, research for the best breeders in town and know everything about the temperament and history of the dog of your choice. And once the dog is home, give them the right amount of attention and training so that you won’t ever regret giving them to your kids.